Useful Reading

Here are a few things to help you while on the rotation. First, stop by our fetal monitoring web page and do the self-guided tutorials. This well help you understand fetal tracings and give you the opportunity to quiz yourself on them.

This FHR interpretation slide deck is a very good one, it describes algorithms for dealing with tracings and provides case examples.

Then, check out these articles on Howardisms that are designed for students:

Here’s a slide set about how to do a pelvic exam.

Here’s a document that lists what medical intervention and education is necessary at each obstetric visit.

And here’s something I call the Howard Zones. This is a chart that shows the basic management of several obstetrical diagnoses, according to gestational age. The four zones are A (37-41 weeks), B (34-37 weeks), C (24-34 weeks), and D (less than 24 weeks). There is some overlap, however the management of many diagnoses changes depending on the zone.

Here is a textbook to help you build differential diagnoses and recognize diagnostic scripts.

If you’re done with the basics and ready to read more, head on over to the howardisms website for more articles about practicing evidence based medicine, understanding statistics, bias, the art of doctoring, life, and much more.

Here is a larger list of OB/GYN relevant articles as seen on howardisms:

Obstetrics/Gynecology

Four Tips

Vaginal Hysterectomy

Surgeries